March 28, 2011 02:00 PM by Shayla Perry
Top Chef host, Padma Lakshmi is an all-star in her own right. The fabulous foodie recently stepped out at the 3rd annual Blossom Ball fundraiser to raise money and awareness for her charity, the Endometriosis Foundation of America, which she founded in 2009, just 3 years after being diagnosed with the condition.
That year, doctors told her that she suffered from endometriosis, a condition that affects more than 170 million women around the world, and may account for almost half of the world’s infertility cases.
In 2009, Lakshmi and her doctor teamed up to form The Endometriosis Foundation of America, to help fight the condition, and to prevent other women from suffering in silence as she did for so many years.
“It’s never easy to talk about your period, but it was such an important subject, and I’m so thankful that I have my daughter, that I couldn’t help but pay it forward and speak out, because I don’t want other women to go through what I went through,” Lakshmi tells Ok!. “I have so many women friends who didn’t know they have endometriosis until it was too late, and it was such an important cause that I had no choice. I would’ve been morally corrupt if I didn’t put my own ego aside, and open my mouth. That’s really how I feel about it.”
Recently, Padma and others gathered for the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s 3rd annual Blossom Ball to raise money for the charity.
Lakshmi, now mom to daughter, Krishna Thea, is now able to make light of the “private” situation, telling the magazine, “I will tell you me and my privates are doing well. We’re happy, we’re healthy.”
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